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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

goldcd

I think I saw "Life out there"

in the Summer Steam Sim Sale.

Any good?

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

goldcd

Re: Eek!

As much as I normally would love to grumble about Sky http://www.nowtv.com/, is pretty impressive (if all you really want is Sky Atlantic, for whatever HBO stuff is knocking about) for a very reasonable fiver a month.

Pretty much the the only thing I'd want from Sky - but without having to join, and costing less that it would if I had.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

goldcd

Yes.

I love the BBC to bits.

Yes, of course they occasionally screw up (quite massively with moves to the North and Digital Library debacles etc).

However. The license fee is worth every penny, and I'd happily pay more. It's waking up to Radio 4, rather than this "green and pleasant land" I miss when travelling. The BBC is something I can be proud we own and one of the few things the rest of the world seems to agree with us, is 'good' and 'British'

Any governmental talk of interference automatically gets my hackles up. Leave It Alone.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

goldcd

Indeed. Ofcom gets a smooch from me

As does Neelie Kroes in our apparently reviled EU.

I can't really think of any example of where awarding a monopoly to anybody benefits the end user. Competition is messy, but good.

BT and Virgin are both doing rather well at getting fibre into the ground (as they trash-talk each other)

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

goldcd

My favourite iPad user is the TSA

To randomly select people for the fast-track lane, they have an agent with an ipad on a stand.

Agent presses screen, ipad points arrow left or right, agent points next passenger left or right.

Agent presses screen, ipad points arrow...

...it was really quite hypnotic and I will never complain about my job again.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

goldcd

You can pick up a replacement battery for a fiver on Amazon

which restored 'harmony' in my house...*hangs head*

Still Logitech have massively slid over the last couple of years. Recently had a paid of Ultimate Ears 900s (sound wonderful, fall apart soon as look at them) pack up on me. Logitech's warranty was previously a joyful experience (rep phoning me up the next day to check I was still happy with a setup issue I had with my first Harmony).

Now - I'm sorry, we can't honour any claim made on goods bought via ebay, where I'd brought brand-new and sealed etc. On the bright side Squaretrade were great.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

goldcd

Installed office 2013 today

Looks pretty.

Vile UI I realize after trying to use it..

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

goldcd

Have you looked at their pricing

for the moment you use it for commercial purposes?

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

goldcd

AND looking at it

a guarantee that every time it goes through an X-ray machine, it's going to get opened and miss your connecting flight.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

goldcd

Yep - agree with what you're saying.

However, my perception of these devices and the various 'garden-iness' seems swing all over the place.

My phone is an Android. It will always be an Android. God I lust after some Apple-things. They always get the apps first. They always seem to work better. That finger-thingie on the latest one is genuine genius - I know it's supposed to "just work" - but it actually did. It was voodoo. However, I'm used to what 'open' Android allows me to do. I've got my stack of favourite apps, that all integrate nice and seamlessly with each other. Plus (and I know this doesn't reflect well on me) - I have this nagging feeling that iPhones are exclusively bought by idiots who got told by other idiots they were good. Like Audis. I can't imagine anybody owning an iphone rushed out to buy a P800 on launch day, knows what it is, and if I told them would think I'd invented a heretical time machine.

I love my kindle (currently 3G paperwhite). Yes it's a walled garden - but there's something about it that appeals to the perfectionist in me. It's simply a perfect machine honed with the single aim of ensuring there's never a reason to not buy a book from Amazon.

Ease of use, competitive book prices, battery life, wifi blah blah. All lovely features anybody could have come up with. Chucking in a 3G modem that works pretty much anywhere I tread on the planet to allow my to buy books immediately at no cost or config to myself... There's just something literally so OTT about that.. Glorious overkill.

We bought my mum an iPad Air. She loves it (I suspect more than her children). She never asks me questions about it. When her mail stopped, Virgin could tell her what to press on the screen to make mail appear.

Maybe my issue with walled gardens is the cost of entry. Amazon sell good stuff cheaply - and are pretty up-front with why. I feel if they displease me and I walk away, it's their loss. Apple sell the most expensive kit, with an offensive (to me) market image of hip *shudders* cool *retches*

I don't consider myself to be one of those people so overcome with the love of their invention of mobile music I wish to become a gyrating silhouette. It's music. With earphones (and shit ones initially at least - I think that still contributes to my hatred of the cynicism).

Even now - pretty adverts filled with pretty people who aren't old enough to be a child of an f'in Pixie (and no you Pixie fans, you don't look like the people in the advert, even if you do buy that f'in phone).

I appear to have issues and will now stop typing.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

goldcd

But

That's simply an option you didn't have before.

How can having an alternative offered, outside of the previous market, be considered 'bad'

If all the cabbies switched to picking up Uber fares at a premium, then I could see how the consumer might be pissed off... but well... there's nothing to stop the cabbies doing this - so wtf are they pissed about?

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goldcd

My arse

Capitalism votes pretty much immediately.

I'm sure Uber costs go up when it rains - but surely it's nice to have an option as those full back-cabs roll past and won't pick you up however much you're willing to pay.

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goldcd

Re: Nice Traffic System You've Got Here...

Indeed - we don't have the 'medallion' scheme that some cities do.

HOWEVER in the world of GPS and live traffic updates the 'knowledge' is massively devalued.

Putting aside the fact most of us have an "arsehole cabbie" story, their previous asset has been devalued by the world changing around them. Like wot happened to the rest of us.

A few cabbies tried to setup Hailo to compete with Uber - and were shot down as scabs by their former colleagues.

Stepping back, we can either accept that cabbies can hold back the tide with an as-yet unspecified differentiator - or I can laugh maniacally as they go under the tide of progress.

*laughs*

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

goldcd

I disagree

Sortof.

The whole idea of having a dedicated dock for my phone on the back of my keyboard is stupid - but if they could bolt in the functionality you get over a regular USB connection, I'd be sold.

I already plug in my phone to my laptop docking station to charge it - and having my phone screen lurking as a window on my desktop sounds quite handy. Get the audio and network properly synced and I'd be over the moon.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

goldcd

You eat Turkey Bacon

"Bacon", made from Turkeys.

We don't - and until we do, I refuse to relinquish the high-ground.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

goldcd

Well either whistle isn't connected to anything

or nobody was blowing it.

It's not as if either alternative makes them look good.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

goldcd

Steam Machines, as they are, are DOOMED

They're commodity hardware - Fine. I have that.

They work well with your TV - Good. I have that with Big Picture Mode on Steam.

There'll be this great new Controller - Yep. You sell it, I'll buy it.

They run Linux so most of your games won't work. WTF?

What we want is something like the nVidia Shield (that takes the output of the PC you have an slaps it on another screen). Give me a decent controller, HDMI out and a wired LAN port, and it's cheaper and better.

I want a dumb appliance I can control well from the sofa.

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LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app

goldcd

"business cards – remain ubiquitous today"

Can only speak for myself, but I've not handed out any of the thousands still hiding in my desk drawer for years, nor been given one.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

goldcd

Good.

Maybe I'm alone here, but I've never bought a vendor's Android phone for their wonderful departure from the stock Android experience.

I *like* the wide choice of hardware, designs, features (and therefore price-points) - but wish the damn software was aligned. Not even just that I don't like the 'tweaks', it's that these are then what delays the roll-out of the updates I actually do want.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

goldcd

Arse

I can't find it.

Could some friendly startup assist me - the idea is gratis.

Identify your files with something portable (~torrent magnet) and pull your stuff back from the cloud as needed. Rank clients based on bandwidth and uptime (higher it is, the less your storage allocation to storage ratio). 'Cloud' would also dynamically reallocate your files - it notices your storage hosts are vanishing and automatically starts distributing your files.

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goldcd

All very lovely

But there's no shortage in the world of mail/calendar/whatever servers.

What I'd fancy is something that came with the cloudstuff baked in. E.g. I want 500 Gigs of 'backed up storage' for my apps - I maybe allocate 2TB of disk space to the project, and it meshes with other like-minded people. Manages the distribution across the peer-cloud, and encrypts the life out of it.

Basically I can shout to the world I want my data and push out my public key, and the world gives me back my data.

Hmm. Something like this must exist - so I'll stop looking ignorant and have a google.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

goldcd

NOooo

I'm sure he's been inundated with emails from regular Joes, simply begging for this for reasons even I satirically can't think of.

In the US, this isn't the real issue, it's a symptom of monopoly the FCC handed out previously.

If your ISP puts Netflix in the slow lane, and you could switch ISP, then you'd switch - the market would nail this in a few days.

This gives me one of the few glorious moments when I can crow over the wonders availed to me by my meddling socialist (*cough*) UK government - see http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/04/04/299060527/episode-529-the-last-mile

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

goldcd

Indeed

See also the Adreno.

Not as if software decoding of your film was going to hammer your battery.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

goldcd

Indeed

My sole use for that remote, has been to hijack TVs.

You can even setup locations for the different controller setups.. I assume these were supposed to be rooms not hostelries.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

goldcd

My own view

is that nothing of any great worth was ever sent from a handheld device of any brand/OS.

You simply cannot work from a phone sized device.

Blackberry got their devices out first and allowed VPs to roam the earth banging out sentences of such utter banality that they were noticed and ridiculed by all " *bollocks* from the Blackberry of xyz" etc. Impressive status symbol for them, hated by the rest of us.

What they were actually useful for, was just to allow people to keep in touch when we all got one, what critical mail has come in, what meeting has just appeared whilst I was mid-lunch etc. This was BB's golden age.

This basic stuff we all actually need is now available everywhere and BB is now just tilting at windmills - I'm sure the Q10 is the best device out there to write a poly-paragraph diatribe on how your company should address the market - but step back, and you simply shouldn't be writing stuff like this on something you just pulled out of your pocket whilst pondering your next duty-free swiss luxury watch.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

goldcd

Indeed

The entire revelations could be summed up as "We want to spy on people and seem to have unlimited budget and nobody's going to stop us - what d'you think we should try next?"

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

goldcd

Yes

If by the action of losing it in the first place, you'd managed to massively reduce its value..

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

goldcd

Indeed

But misses out on three key thoughts:

1) This software had holes in it, and this has just been demonstrated. It doesn't indicate that this is the first time the hole has been exploited.

2) These people got paid for finding *a* zero-day. Finding these flaws doesn't indicate that all the holes have been found

3) Bounties have been paid out for finding these, but worth of these defects is potentially many many times more on the open market - so why claim the reward?

Vupen (and their ilk) base their livelihoods on selling on these exploits privately. The benefit reaped by these contestants is winning isn't the prize, but a seat in the premier league of exploit resellers (and I accept this is assuming they're all the money-grabbing-gits I'd be if I was in their position).

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

goldcd

An excellent podcast

from NPR's Planet Money (well worth subscribing to) details US car dealerships:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/02/12/171814201/episode-435-why-buying-a-car-is-so-awful

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

goldcd

*stares at the screenshots*

I can't be the only one with an issue with beige. I mean I'm not expecting you all to desire a Sega-blue-sky (I do, but I'm not normal). But... ffs... If you're going to spend hours staring at something, at least make it visually appealing.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

goldcd

I detest the place and rebuke every voyage to them

In summary every trip to Maplin is an indication of my own inability to plan or resist instant gratification.

There is absolutely nothing they can provide that isn't available cheaper on Amazon prime. Lunchtime trips are solely due to me *needing something* that couldn't be in my hand within 24 hours.

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

goldcd

erm it's simpler than that.

Just make tuition debt tax deductible.

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goldcd

But conversely, with my utilitarian hat on

Surely it's better to have a load of STEM graduates at 16k a year, than a load of <insert personal bete-noire qualification>?

Surely the current issue is that if any degree is going to land you in £27k+ of debt and whatever job you may get at the end of it is going to be £16k a year, then you're just going to pick something fun.

If there's every any hope of this f'in mess being sorted out, then at least having a work-base with some tangible skills is more beneficial.

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Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

goldcd

Hold on..

"$567.6m last year on revenue of $1.88bn"

wtf have they managed to spend $1.2 billion on?

Only thing I can think of is the Tv advertising (was quite shocked to hear the Candy Crush music coming out of my TV). Maybe they developed CC originally as a AAAA FPS, on a console they designed themself, made entirely on quantums - before they ported it back to iOS...

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

goldcd

Not quite sure why all the downvotes.

I read it as "If you use it for a while, you'll get sick of it, and quite likely buy a proper router".

I'm not criticizing the customers, but the router Virgin hand out.

I had annoying problems with it for ages - mediocre performance (but I was OK with that - it was free), but performance used to continuously degrade and then magically restore on a reboot.

Bit the bullet, bought a "bells and whistles" Asus and very happy. Asus is a great router, and now the Virgin box is just working as a modem, it's been faultless.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

goldcd

Game-wise, fantastic

Sit the plastic box next to a PS1.. well one of them looked 'a bit less cool'

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

goldcd

I can't be alone

but this is the first console generation that's made me upgrade my PC.

Normally I mutter for about PC supremacy, and then cave on the shiny bells&whistles/exclusives and pick up a new console 'as well'

My take-away sentiment on this generation is that they're both bitching over which can actually run what at 1080, whilst users are revolting over the nickel-and-diming micro-transactions.

I already feel somewhat pissed over mobile failing to deliver the games I was promised (If it's good I'll pay up-front, you offer to sell me 'diamonds' and I'm out forever). The very appearance of this on next-gen consoles has just curdled my interest.

It's not now so much that my PC gives me an extra few pixels, it's that it's the last refuge of what I used to love about games. The recent influx of AAA-indie has also helped - but it still feels like I'm clutching my mouse with my back to the wall.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

goldcd

|'m not quite sure I get it

Yes - the updated design is stunning and I'll go as far as revolutionary.

However, I can't help but feel the advantages of the new format are all aesthetic.

i.e. there's no reason all that new and shiney chippery couldn't have been put inside a more conventional 'box' with exactly the same performance and possibly a minor cut in price.

Putting the price aside, there seems to be a very large trade-off that's been assumed users want between footprint and ability to upgrade.

An iMac looks very swish and neat on the receptionist's desk - but for the power users I'm not quite sure how they're expected to justify the cost.

Seems a product pitched towards those that don't have to explain the cost..

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

goldcd

Surely 'blocking' is a bit of a sledgehammer?

It's already possible to get a rough fix on the co-ordinates of a phone. Why not ask the providers to indicate which phones seem to be in, and stay in, prisons?

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

goldcd

Or to look at it the other way

You pay your ISP to make the internet come to you. If you want Netflix to come to you, then it's your ISP's job to get your Netflix stream to you (i.e. get their peering, or better still caching, working)

I think the problem is a matter of ignorance by the vast majority of consumers.

How fast is the number in bold at the top, and how much does it cost me - and that's about as far as it goes.

To fix this we need a couple of things. Mandatory service levels and some better benchmarking - Netflix naming and shaming is a start, but I'd suspect Verizon aren't seeing a pile of notice-to-quit letters piling up.

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

goldcd

Hold on

"The company could, of course, take the Apple route and lock down its software distribution to a single store where all apps are tightly checked before release."

I thought that's exactly what they were doing, and all extensions now had to be distributed via their store - you can no longer side-load them.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

goldcd

Yup

I *liked* Windows 7.

I *like* the idea of Metro for tablets, phones etc. I even *like* the design of it - Just don't slap it on my f'in desktop please.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

goldcd

^^not my actual opinion

but tax-bleaters really get on my tits.

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goldcd

According to amazon.co.uk's snarky messages

If I buy a book for my Kindle, that's 20% straight HMRC in VAT. Buy a physical book from a 'shop' (online or otherwise) and whilst there may be the odd few pence in corporation tax handed over at the end of the year, but it ain't going to be 20% of gross retail.

Buy a physical book from your local store - you're practically pissing on the chips of the children of a single-mother-on-benefits.

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

goldcd

Mixed up with this incident?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/29/vigilante-murder-paedophile-bristol-bijan-ebrahimi

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

goldcd

I think it just auto-follows

He's following me, and 365k other people..

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

goldcd

From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.

I've been back in love with my gaming PC for the last few years (console exclusive of GTA V aside, whose purchase of which I'm still feeling a bit pissy over).

Downstairs I have my big TV, my surround sound, my Cable box, my Western Digital streamer etc - and my 360 I once loved with a lapsed Gold account and (GTA aside) a pile of plastic instruments as its only purpose to exist.

I look at the new consoles with a yawn and resolve I want a Steam box down there to replace them all.

...Just don't really want a Steam box as that's a pile of cash when I have my pride and joy sitting upstairs.

I was tempted by the nVidia Shield, but then finally twigged I'd only every use it to play games spooled off my PC, whilst I sprawled on my sofa (with my perfectly good TV and 360 pad sat around doing nothing).

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

goldcd

I'm with you and I'm not an iphone user

If the thing works well (and is accepted as being secure), then I want a fingerprint scanner on my next phone.

AAll manner of clever stuff could be added. E.g. upload a hash of your fingerprint onto the cloud with the rest of your data and then.. oh I dunno. You touch your friends scanner and it adds your contact details to their phone. You touch the scanner, and it syncs your entire iphone onto it? Your child touches it, and they get launched into a safe/non-microtransaction/educational game only account etc etc.

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

goldcd

I disagree

Apple provide premium tech products, for people who aren't too bothered about tech, have the money and just want the damn thing to work.

If you're willing to hunt about you can always find something cheaper or better or more innovative - but they have that sweet spot they sit in where their customers haver confidence with them and they deliver well.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

goldcd

Google won't tell me if I'm right

but I got a bit of deja-vu on the photo and the name, on a BBC news story tonight regarding the upcoming planned teachers strikes.

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